COVID-19 planning

We have a clear plan in place to safely manage COVID-19 in schools.

Our approach

The Department’s COVID-safe schools operational plan shows what schools are doing to safely manage COVID-19. It applies everything we’ve learnt since the start of the pandemic. This plan is reviewed often based on Public Health advice. Any changes to this plan will be shared with school communities. 

Information for parents and carers on support for students with disability are in this factsheet.

Overview for families

  • A combination of COVID-safe measures means our schools can continue to stay safely open.
  • Face-to-face learning will continue with COVID-safe measures in place.
  • Students with disability who have complex health needs will continue to be supported by their school with individual learning plans.
  • Regular school and learning activities will continue in a COVID-safe manner.
  • Testing for COVID-19 when you have symptoms will continue. Students and staff will have access to rapid antigen tests at their school, to use if they have symptoms. If your child is unwell, please keep them home and get tested.
  • COVID-19 cases will be safely managed by Public Health. Every school has a dedicated COVID-19 support person, who works closely with Public Health if there are increased COVID-19 cases. Families will be contacted directly about any COVID-19 impacts at their school.
  • Learning at home via the Virtual Learning Centre will continue if students need to isolate due to COVID-19. If your child is a COVID-19 case, they can do online learning if they feel well, and return to school if they have no symptoms after five days.
  • Workforce planning strategies are in place to ensure there are enough staff in schools.

Keeping up our COVID-safe measures

Vaccination: Children aged 5+ years will continue to be encouraged to be vaccinated – vaccination is not mandatory for a child to attend school. The Department of Education has a highly vaccinated workforce.

Face masks: Face masks are no longer mandatory indoors at schools, unless an individual is directed to wear a face mask by Public Health. There may also be times or situations where a school requires face masks to be worn. It is, however, recommended that all staff and visitors wear face masks when indoors if they are unable to physically distance. Students are not required to wear face masks, but are supported if they choose to. Face masks will continue to be available for staff and students at all Tasmanian Government Schools.

Ventilation: Air purifiers will continue to be used in classrooms, as well as use of open windows if cool climate allows.

Outdoor learning: Schools will continue to take advantage of outdoor learning opportunities where possible, dependent on cool climate.

Physical distancing: All adults will continue to keep a physical distance of 1.5 metres from each other.

Hygiene practices: Regular handwashing and sanitising will continue.

Cleaning: Frequent cleaning will continue, particularly on high-touch surfaces.

Safe site management: Non-essential visitors will continue to be limited, and schools will regularly review their COVID-19 safety plans.

Groups: Mixing of students and staff will continue to be limited where required. COVID-safe ways of bringing students together to participate in learning activities will be considered.